McGee: I’m OK with going global

We might as well get used to customer service centers from the other side of the planet. I have this feeling we’re going to being dealing with them for more and more stuff. You’re familiar with what I’m talking about, right? Something goes on the fritz with some modern day electronic doomaflatchit, you call customer […]

Officials reviewing command, control training infrastructure

American Forces Press Service HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Air Force officials awarded an independent-study contract to DP Technology Services Inc., Aug. 16, for studying the development of an advanced operational-level C2, or command and control, training campus. “This study is the first step in developing a solution which will benefit Air Force C2 in the […]

Air Force Civilian Service website aids job seekers

By April Rowden: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Jobseekers unfamiliar with civilian employment opportunities within the Air Force now have a new online resource that defines the numerous career fields and outlines many of the benefits of being a federal employee. The site, www.afciviliancareers.com, contains practical information […]

Veteran recalls Navy service

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder served for six years in the Navy before leaving the service as a petty officer third class in 1989. Clarence Plank Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder served during peacetime in the Navy. She spent six years in service before leaving the service in […]

Church profile: Grace Baptist Church

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Grace Baptist Church Location: 2000 S. Main Ave. Phone: 356-6023 Services: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., Sunday morning service; 6 p.m., Sunday evening service; 7 p.m., Wednesday prayer/Bible study Description: “Mrs. Butler and I invite you to experience ‘a place for new beginnings,’” Pastor Mark Butler said. “It is church the way it used […]

Portales Past: July 18, 1945

July 18, 1945: Portales was home to 1,700 electric meters, according to Southwestern Public Service Co. The city had just 639 electric meters in 1939.

Veteran recalls Vietnam service

John Seifert Clarence Plank John Seifert was drafted into the Army in March 1969, then shipped to Vietnam for two years. Sgt. Seifert was an infantry man and lead a group of six to 10 men near the end of his tour. “I guess when I got drafted it was a situation I just knew […]

Grant McGee: Secret Service dudes and tambourines

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico I overheard some folks talking the other day, calling one of our area churches a “cult.” Did you know we have a cult around here? I didn’t. But I think I may have visited one in Arizona. During my trucking days I saw an ad in a Phoenix paper […]

BX renovations unveiled

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Maj. Gen. Bruce Casella, Army and Air Force Exchange Service commander, addresses a crowd of military spouses, airmen, retirees and officials during a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at the Cannon Air Force Base Exchange. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections After eleven months and $5.5 million, the Cannon Air Force Base […]

Their view: Service shows my commitment to area

New Mexico’s primary elections are June 1. Rodney Payne is a Democratic candidate for Roosevelt County Commission District 5. He’s running against Charlie Dobbs and Duane Lee. Here’s what Payne had to say when we asked about his qualifications for the job:

Defense officials authorize Humanitarian Service Medal for Haiti relief efforts

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Department of Defense officials have approved the Humanitarian Service Medal for personnel assigned to Operation Unified Response who directly participated in humanitarian relief assistance to the people of Haiti following the 7.0 earthquake Jan. 12. U.S. military personnel supporting Joint Task Force-Haiti for at least one day between Jan. […]

Pastor: Service reminder that God changes things in response to prayer

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales is celebrating the 59th annual National Day of Prayer with a communitywide worship service and prayer meeting. The service with worship, prayer and sermons is Wednesday night. Portales pastors Brad Morgan, Josh McVey and Kelly Fulfer are set to speak on the theme “Ask, seek, knock.” The focus […]

Church profile: Third and Kilgore Church of Christ

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Third and Kilgore Church of Christ Location: Third and Kilgore streets Phone: 356-6150 Services: Sunday Bible Class at 9 a.m., worship at 10 a.m., evening service at 6 p.m. Also, Wednesday at 7 p.m. Description: According to Teaching Minister David Heflin, “We are a family-oriented church committed to following Jesus as Lord with Scripture as […]

PHS students learn food service first-hand

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Through folding napkins and filling tea glasses, a group of Portales High School students are getting first-hand experience in food service. Students in the ProStart food service class and the extracurricular organization Family, Career and Community Leaders of America have been serving meals at various events, including last week […]

ENMU employees win award

In a ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the University Theatre Center, Eastern New Mexico University announced its 2010 Spirit of Eastern winners for outstanding service to the university, according to an ENMU news release. Winners in the Support category were: • Joyce Stagg, senior secretary for the College of Fine Arts • Olympia Chino, department secretary […]

Service group seeks work

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Volunteers from Eastern New Mexico University are looking for work. Eastern In Action Director Robyn Pease said the Eastern in Action service group is looking for small and large opportunities to help people April 17 in the Portales city limits. “We have 148 students, faculty and staff willing to […]

Church profile: Faith Triumphant Church

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Location: 615 W. Fourth St. Phone: 359-1559 Services: 10:30 a.m., Sunday worship service; 7 p.m., worship service on the last Sunday of the month at the Generations building behind The Office Center Inc., at 1500 S. Avenue D; 7 p.m. Wednesday, classes for all ages. The church also runs Faith Triumphant Christian School. Description: “We’re […]

Troops, families have new advocate

By Tom Philpott: Military update James Webb (D-Va.), a take-charge senator who in just his second year conceived and negotiated passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, made clear Wednesday he will continue to influence issues that impact on the lives of service members, retirees, reservists and their families. Webb has more leverage now as new […]

Druggist became pillar of community

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist W. H. Duckworth, owner of the Duckworth Drug Company came to New Mexico in the year, 1908 headquartering out of the city while traveling his territory. In 1910 he became manager of the Southwestern Drug Store and remained in that capacity until 1922. Duckworth served his state as lieutenant governor […]

Help for veterans available

Freedom New Mexico Veteran Service Officer George Vargas of the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services is available to help current and former service members, their families and their surviving spouses 9:30 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. every other Thursday at the Portales Senior Center at 501 N Industrial Drive. His next visit is […]